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Burger King Starts Serving Whoppers Using Beef With Reduced Methane Emissions

Over the past few years, switching to meat alternatives has grown in popularity as folks look to eat less meat for environmental reasons. One of the biggest environmental concerns is the greenhouse gas emissions that livestock production gives off, roughly 65% of which comes from beef, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

People still want to eat meat, though, and research has begun to take shape in how meat production could reduce its own emissions. Some of that research has made its way to Burger King, who is now using it to make “Reduced Methane Emissions Beef” for some of its Whoppers.

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Burger King’s new beef comes from research that herbs like lemongrass can be used to reduce the amount of emissions that come from enteric fermentation. This means that in cow’s stomachs, different kinds of bacteria can ferment what they eat into gases that include methane, and by changing around a cow’s diet, you could reduce some of the methane these gut bacteria produce.

Burger King discussed its own test data related to emissions in a press release, which claims that adding 100 grams of lemongrass to cow’s diets helps them release less methane as they digest food. BK’s Reduced Methane Emissions Beef goes on this diet for three to four months prior to slaughter, which, according to Burger King, can lower methane emissions by an average of 33% per day.

Burger King’s own research was conducted in tandem with the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico and U.C. Davis. An independent 2013 study from the Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences found lemongrass to be effective, but lemongrass in conjunction with supplemental herbs and spices like garlic powder and peppermint could possibly lower emissions even more.

Burger King is taking a big step forward, though, in introducing this kind of beef in its locations, as well as trying to reduce the carbon footprint of its burger production.

Right now, you can get Reduced Methane Emissions Beef Whoppers at select locations in Miami, New York, Austin, Portland, and Los Angeles while supplies last.

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Fast Food Plant-Based What's New

Impossible Whoppers Are Starting To Arrive At Burger King, No Joke

While it may be April Fool’s day, it’s no joke that the plant-based movement has widely taken over fast food. The latest chain to join the hype train is Burger King, who’s teaming up with Impossible Foods to make a meat-free version of their iconic Whopper.

Starting April 1st, Burger King’s first test of the Impossible Whopper will be rolling out in St. Louis, Missouri. 59 different locations in the area will offer up the plant-based take on BK’s signature burger. The flame grilled Impossible Patty will be served in standard Whopper style, with mayo, lettuce, tomato, white onions, pickles, and ketchup.

The Impossible Whopper will not be vegan by nature, however, since it contains mayonnaise as part of the build. Since the bun is vegan (based on Burger King’s website), however, you can get an entirely vegan version simply by removing the mayo.

For those wondering if there’s an actual April Fool’s joke here, the appearance of the Impossible Whopper is 100% happening. What may be considered a “prank,” though, is when those who order one of these burgers get tricked into believing it’s actually beef.

There’s no current timetable for how long the Impossible Whopper will be around in St. Louis. Hopefully, though, it does well enough to merit a nationwide launch in the near future.

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Fast Food

Burger King’s Whoppers Cost 1 Cent If You Order Them At McDonald’s

Burger King is closing out the year with a pretty savvy Whopper promotion, all while taking a quick shot at rival burger chain McDonald’s. Hey, all in good fun, right?

Fans of BK will now be able to purchase their iconic Whopper burger for a penny. Here’s the catch: you have to be inside a McDonald’s to do so.

According to the brand, users of the app will be able to unlock a 1-cent Whopper promotion if they are within 600 feet of a McDonald’s location. Once they order their burger, they can head to the nearest Burger King spot and pick it up.

Here’s how to do it in 4 steps

  1. Download the Burger King app on your phone
  2. Head to a McDonald’s
  3. Order the Whopper in-app for 1-cent
  4. Pick up your Whopper at the nearest Burger King location

Seems pretty easy.

For those hoping to get 1,000 Whoppers for $10, it seems you can only activate this deal once through the app. Still, getting a Whopper for the price of a copper coin we could easily find on the ground sounds like a pretty solid bargain.

Wouldn’t mind ordering some breakfast sandwiches at McDonald’s while we’re there anyways.

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Burger King Is Offering Up 100 Chicken Nuggets For $10 Via Postmates

Burger King is offering up one of the largest nuggets orders in fast food at an absolute bargain. This week, they’ve got a deal running that’ll get you 100 of them for a cool ten bucks.

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Starting October 11th, you’ll be able to score the deal when ordering from Burger King on Postmates. It also comes with free delivery, guaranteeing that you are paying the $10 for 100 and nothing more. Use the code “NUGGS” at checkout to get the delivery discount.

Burger King is using the 100 nuggets deal as a way to promote their newest nuggets price slash. At stores nationwide at the same time, the cost of 10 nuggets will drop to just a dollar.

While the entire nation will get the dollar nuggets pricing, only three cities will be able to score the Postmates deal: Los Angeles, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. The nationwide discount is permanent, though, whereas the 100 nuggets delivery will only go through midnight on October 14th.

Still, anyone nationwide can get the 100 nuggets for $10, even if they’re not in one of the three cities getting the Postmates treatment. You just have to ask for 100 nuggets when rolling through a Burger King, as it’ll end up being the same price.

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Fast Food

Burger King’s Launching A Froot Loops Shake And It Looks Bomb AF

Last week we reported that a rumored Froot Loops shake was making its way to Burger King, and it has now been confirmed.

The Shake will be available at participating stores nationwide April 17, with a $2.99 price point, but will only be around for a limited time, according to Burger King.

The shake will consist of Velvety Vanilla-flavored Soft Serve, Froot Loops cereal pieces and sweet sauce, with a hand-spun finish.

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Some east coast Burger King locations had apparently been testing the shake, as evident by the Instagram post above from Geneseo New York, so we knew that it was real, we just didn’t know if they were going to launch it nationally.

But it certainly is on its way, everywhere in the U.S., and we’ll all get a taste of its fruity goodness.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Burger King Is Releasing Mac N’ Cheetos And It’s Already Breaking The Internet

Update: Burger King has announced that Mac N’ Cheetos will be officially released at participating locations for a limited time starting  June 27, 2016. 

Burger King has been introducing all types of new menu items lately. Grilled hot dogs recently found a home at the BK Lounge, last week we showed you exactly what a Whopperito, the combination of a Whopper and a burrito, looked like, but nothing prepared us what The King released today.

Mac N’ Cheetos.

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There’s nothing quite like a giant Cheeto Puff, stuffed with warm macaroni and cheese. Burger King was silent about the drop for this menu item, and it was rumored that Southern California was the only market where BK was testing the Mac N’ Cheetos. Luckily, our local Burger King in Santa Ana, Calif., had them on deck.

This combination of snack foods is straight out of a Tym Bussanich wet dream. Even though the Mac N’ Cheetos are available at Burger King for a limited time, we can’t wait to see the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos version of this cheesy combination.

Photo by Isai Rocha of Foodbeast

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Fast Food

UPDATE: Buffalo Chicken Fries Are Coming To Burger King, Here’s What We Know

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Burger King sure is placing all their bets on Chicken Fries. The breaded sticks of poultry made a triumphant return to BK menus last year as they found a permanent home at the fast food chain. Now, another variant of the Chicken Fries is quietly being advertised: Buffalo.

GrubGrade reports that Burger King is mailing out advertisements promoting the new fries. You may remember that BK released another flavor of the fries, Fiery Chicken Fries, a few months ago.

The Buffalo Chicken Fries probably won’t be as spicy as its “fiery” predecessor, but might just be a nice middle ground between that and the original flavor.

No word yet on whether Burger King plans to take the Buffalo Chicken Fries nationally or regionally.

UPDATE: Burger King has confirmed that the Buffalo Chicken Fries are available now at participating restaurants for a limited time. The fries will feature a dusting of buffalo spices and will be served with the patron’s choice of dipping sauces.

Each order of Buffalo Chicken Fries will be available for around $2.89.

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Fast Food

Burger King’s New Sriracha Cheeseburger Is Extra Long And Extra Spicy

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Burger King’s been making slighter longer burgers for a minute now. While not quite a hoagie, the burgers boast about double the girth of a typical Burger King sandwich. The newest in that line is the Extra Long Sriracha Cheeseburger.

The burger has two beef patties that’s topped with a spicy Sriracha-flavored sauce, GrubGrade reports. It also features melted American cheese, iceberg lettuce, white onion slices and served on a hoagie bun.

Patrons can get the burger as part of the 2 for $5 Mix & Match deal that burger king offers for select menu items. The Extra Long Sriracha Cheeseburger will only be available for a limited time at participating Burger King locations.